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Unloco

(adapted from www.unloco.com. This is the story of a band that beat the odds. A band that blasted out of Austin just one year ago on the force of its debut album … and ran face-first into a wall. That's all history now. In the end, what we're left with is the story of a band that got a second chance and made it work. This is the story of Unloco, a band reborn and triumphant on Becoming I.

For Unloco lead singer Joey Duenas, 2001 was probably the worst year of his life. He was depressed. His romantic life was unraveling. His voice -- ordinarily terrifying in its power and inte ...read more

(adapted from www.unloco.com. This is the story of a band that beat the odds. A band that blasted out of Austin just one year ago on the force of its debut album … and ran face-first into a wall. That's all history now. In the end, what we're left with is the story of a band that got a second chance and made it work. This is the story of Unloco, a band reborn and triumphant on Becoming I.

For Unloco lead singer Joey Duenas, 2001 was probably the worst year of his life. He was depressed. His romantic life was unraveling. His voice -- ordinarily terrifying in its power and intensity onstage -- was falling apart beneath clouds of cigarette smoke and a stream of Jack Daniels.

Most distressing was the letdown that followed the release that year of Healing, the band's first album. Dark and aggressive, it captured much of the intensity that had established Unloco as hometown favorites among Austin's heavy music community. Even so, Healing wasn't the smash that the band -- and the label -- had anticipated. A tour was set up in hopes that Unloco's explosive live shows would build the album's momentum. But as they were preparing for the road, another crisis erupted when Bryan Arthur suddenly left the group to take over the guitarist gig with Goldfinger.

Moving quickly to fill the vacancy, the band connected with Marc Serrano, a young veteran of the Dallas music scene who was having second thoughts about the band he was working with at the time. The three members of Unloco drove north to hear Serrano at a local club. They were not disappointed. In fact, they invited him then and there to hang with them for a week in Austin, rehearse a bit, and see how things felt.

The combination clicked immediately. Right after his arrival, Marc and his new bandmates took off on their tour. Slugging it out on stages for more than eight months, they deepened their sound and heightened their energy night after night. For this reason, when they received word from Maverick that they had to head back home to crank out a new album, they were more musically ready to be tested than they'd ever been. Still, it was no easy thing to be told, in effect, that this album would be their do-or-die project.

They all knew what was on the line as they gathered back in Austin. From September through November last year they wrote new material -- 14 songs in September alone. These were demoed in November and December, then delivered personally by Duenas to Maverick in L.A. « hide

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LPs
Becoming I
2003

3.4
44 Votes
Healing
2001

2.8
27 Votes
EPs
Useless
2000

3.3
2 Votes

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